We have a new phone in for testing and this is an important one for the company launching it. The phone is the Honor 50 5G and since Honor and Huawei are now no longer the same company, it comes with the thing I missed earlier this year when I was reviewing the Huwaei Mate 40 Pro. It comes with the Google Mobile Services suite, which means you get full access to Google’s software and the Play Store out of the box. This is very important to me as a Google services user and will make a big difference to how useful the phone will be as a daily driver.
So without further ado, let’s start looking at the phone. First of all, the unboxing video.
I’ll be comparing this phone a lot to the OnePlus Nord 2 5G I recently reviewed for the site as it targets a very similar market to that phone and I think it’s a good match in terms of competition. They are priced very similarly to the OnePlus Nord 25g starting at £399 for the 128GB and 8GB RAM and £469 for the 256GB and 12GB RAM version at the time of writing this post and the Honor 50 5G £449 for the 128GB + 6GB RAM model and £529 for the 256GB + 8GB RAM version. While the Honor 50 5G is a bit more expensive, it costs a bit more in terms of specs. Speaking of specs, here’s the all-important spec sheet.
6.57 inch FHD + 120 Hz OLED display Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 6/8GB RAM 128/256GB storage Rear camera: 108Mp, f/1.9 main lens 8Mp, f/2.2 ultra wide angle lens 2Mp, f/2.4 macro lens 2Mp depth sensor 32Mp, f/ 2.2 selfie camera 4300mAh battery 66W fast charge 5G 159.96mm × 73.76mm × 7.78mm 175g
Normally I would do a round of the device, but since I’ve covered it extensively above, I’ll leave that out so that the full review follows soon. Instead, here are a few close-ups of the phone’s exterior.
Now that I have it all out of the box I am going to get my sim in and use it as my daily driver for the next few days to see how it goes. But tonight is Bonfire night (well, the day after but close enough), so it’s going to be a good test tonight when I’m at the fireworks. I have high hopes for the camera and the different ways to capture content, including the multi-video feature, which will also be cool to test out.